Holding of Nongame Wildlife
Native nongame wildlife may not be sold or propagated except as provided in Division 200.
A Wildlife Holding Permit is required to hold three or more animals of a limited number of nongame wildlife species for each facility or household.
Only nongame species from the following list are permitted to be held. These species are determined to be demonstrably widespread, abundant, and secure through the NatureServe state ranking process as currently determined by the Oregon Biodiversity Information Center (ORBIC) as of the date of the revised rule adoption. (http://inr.oregonstate.edu/orbic/rare-species/ranking-definitions)
Additional species may be petitioned for proposed inclusion to the list of species permitted and held under a Wildlife Holding Permit with a written request and justification submitted to the Department.
Wildlife listed in this section that are captured from the wild and held for more than 48 hours in captivity, or held on a Wildlife Holding Permit, must remain in captivity for the life of the animal and may not be returned to the wild without prior approval by the Department. This rule does not apply to wildlife held under 635-062-0000 (Purpose of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Permit) (Wildlife Rehabilitation).
Wildlife species whose ORBIC status changes from being demonstrably widespread, abundant, and secure (S5 ORBIC status), to a less secure status (S1-4), will be grandfathered to the individual permit holder at the time of the status change for the life of the animals. No further collections or additions will be permitted to new or existing Wildlife Holding Permits for that species without prior approval by the Department.